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Tickets on sale for annual First Pitch Luncheon

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Fans anxious to see what baseball season brings to the South Plains can get a sneak peek at what the local college coaches are expecting from their teams at the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual First Pitch Luncheon.

Tickets are on sale now for the Jan. 26 event at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 12:10 p.m.

Tables of eight are available for $500, which includes a meet-and-greet session with representatives of the Texas Rangers and priority seating, or $400 for preferred seating. Individual tickets are $25.

Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by The Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, Fuddruckers, Benchmark Business Solutions, The Griffin Companies and Lubbock Sports, will benefit the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The event will feature reigning Big 12 Coach of the Year Tim Tadlock, who will discuss how the Red Raiders move forward after winning the Big 12 in 2016 and making their second College World Series appearance in three years. LCU head coach Nathan Blackwood will preview the 2017 season for a Chaparral team that went 37-19 and ended its 2016 season at the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Representatives of the Texas Rangers also will be part of the program to preview their upcoming Major League Baseball season.

Past recipients of the Kal Segrist Award will be recognized as well. The award, given annually since 1999, is presented to an individual that has had a positive impact on youth baseball in Lubbock over an extended period of time.

"This event is always a great way to generate excitement for the upcoming baseball season in Lubbock and Texas as a whole," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "Baseball's popularity on the South Plains continues to grow, and we're lucky to have great youth leagues and two successful college programs in the same town. We hope to have a great crowd anxious to hear about the upcoming season."

For tickets or more information on the event, visit or call (806) 749-2233.

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